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Lloyd District gets major new bike parking facility

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 22nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

New bike parking at Doubletree Hotel in Lloyd District.
(Photos: Heather McCarey)

A partnership between the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association and the Doubletree Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah) has led to a new public bike parking facility with space for 54 bikes.

According to Heather McCarey with the Lloyd TMA, the 27 staple racks have been constructed on the first floor of the Doubletree's parking garage. The new racks are placed in a space formerly occupied by three car parking spaces. McCarey says the project was made possible through a "unique partnership" between her organization, the Doubletree Hotel, and a five-member project team from the 2010 Leadership Portland program (run by the Portland Business Alliance).

The Leadership Portland team conceived and designed the project and then worked with the Lloyd TMA to find a site. The TMA then donated the racks to the Doubletree, who installed them and has agreed to maintain them and make them available to the general public (not just hotel guests). The parking is covered and is directly adjacent to a 24-hour parking attendant.

In a statement released by the Lloyd TMA, general manager of the Doubletree Hotel, Steve Faulstick said, "Giving up parking spaces to provide bike parking for neighborhood commuters is a natural fit for the Doubletree."

The new bike racks are accessible from either NE 9th or NE 11th between Holladay and Multnomah Streets.

This Friday (6/25) at noon, a ribbon cutting ceremony and party is planned to celebrate the new bike parking.

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  • Paul June 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    The TMA rocks - not only is there this project, but they've bolted tire pumps in strategic places and provide basic support services to cyclists. Love the Lloyd TMA!

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  • Dave June 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    That's a pretty nice gesture by DoubleTree, they certainly didn't have to do something like that. It's a nice area to have parking like that - bike park and ride! :)

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  • Anne Hawley June 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I attended an evening event at that Doubletree a few months ago and was impressed by the fact that their bike staples (two, as I recall) were situated under a light, and directly in the view of the attended parking booth--very safe and positive.

    This? Is even more impressive. Thank you TMA and Doubletree.

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  • Lance P. June 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I'm very happy by how much the Doubletree has worked with my group. When we approached the Doubletree they were very excited. Without their support this wouldn't have been possible. Most ideas that I brought up they not only liked but most of the time they wanted them bigger and more of them. Because of them we have 9 signs around the building, 7 decals painted on the road surface, a bike pump, 27 staples, and 10 bikes for rent to their guest! Thanks again to the Doubletree and the Lloyd TMA for all of their support.

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  • Scott Mizee June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    wow! thats fantastic! I hope other hotels in town will follow suit...

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  • Lance P. June 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Do you mind listing the team members?

    Lance Poehler from Liberty Mutual
    Jennifer Boe from Con-way Inc.
    Bob Gravely from Qwest
    Jason Brauser from Stoel Rives LLP
    Kaleb Miller from Zipcar

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  • Stochelo June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I'd happily pay for secure, sheltered bike parking in the city. Let's hope that this idea spreads. What's the bike-to-car-space ratio when this is done?

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  • resopmok June 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I think Stochelo #7 brings up a good point and idea, let me present some basic figures: $200/mo on the high end for a single garage space downtown. According to the Doubletree model, you can fit 18 bikes into that same space, resulting in a cost of about $10-$11/mo for each spot. Covered, secure and reserved parking for cheap. These garages could probably get away with charging $15/mo (I would still pay that) and make even more profit off converting even 4-5 spaces in their garage.

    Spread this to transit centers and park and rides (where bike parking and transit costs are bundled into a single pass, perhaps with a slight discount for each), and I think you have a winning combination for getting people to find alternatives to driving for their commute. Easy, cheap and economically viable - thank you Doubletree for providing a great new business model.

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  • Mike July 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Is it true that handicapped spaces were moved gb to create this

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  • Kronda July 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    @Mike... I just heard that too and if it is true, it's pretty lame.

    I like bike parking as much as the next person, but moving handicap parking further from the door so able bodied cyclists can park is pretty screwed up priorities IMO. If you're able bodied enough to ride there, you can walk a few extra steps to get to your destination.

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  • Kathleen McDade July 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Ditto, just read someone complaining that ADA spaces were moved further from doors. True?

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  • Mike July 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    This looks to be the before and after pictures of the parking spaces.
    http://twitpic.com/230tvq
    A couple of people said that the handicapped spots were moved further away and they now have to cross the entrance and exit ways.

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  • GM Steve July 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Hi, I'm Steve, the GM of the Doubletree.

    Thanks for the concerns regarding the handicapped spaces. While the current bike corral rests where two spots were previously located, we moved them 8 ft across the aisle, still located the same distance from our hotel entrance. We still feature 13 total spots for handicapped parking throughout the garage.

    At the end of the day, we gave up 3 spots that we charge for monthly, maintained the integrity of our handicapped parking, and were able to accomodate up to 54 indoor spots for the public to park.

    Come on by and ask for me, I'd love to walk you through our new set up.

    By the way, Bikes Park Free at Doubletree!

    with thanks,
    Steve

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  • Lance P. July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The ADA spaces are actually more easily accessible now due to removing the u-turn that the prior location required. Same distance minus the turn.

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